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Connections Mothers' Stories

Alison Jones, Oxford, UK Photo: Alison & Edith by Daisy Simonet A poem about connections between mother and child.  Connections Your loving arms are all the charms I need when you keep me close, feed me at the breast, I won’t protest if you hold me all the time, I’m yours and you’re mine, we are together, finding our way through this journey, at the beginning...

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Swimming Pools: the Right to Breastfeed in Public Features

Barbara Higham, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: Betsy & Tobias The right to breastfeed in public, even in swimming pools. Reports in the news appear on a regular basis about mothers being told not to breastfeed their babies in public places. Yesterday I read that following a two-year battle, nursing mum Victoria Hodgson received an out-of-court settlement of £2,000 from the Western Pool in Peel on the Isle of Man (which...

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Gender Identity: Transgender Dad Features

Updated May 25 Trevor MacDonald, Winnipeg, Canada Gender identity, toddler nursing, and good friends I can hardly believe I’ve been nursing my child for 23 months. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to breastfeed at all—during my pregnancy, most people told me it wouldn’t be possible. When my son, Jacob, was born, we took it one feeding at a time, and here we...

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Triathlete Breastfeeding Mom Mothers' Stories

Meghan Gebke, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA   My mom has been a La Leche League Leader for almost 30 years. She breastfed all four of her children, practiced baby-led weaning, baby wearing, and a peaceful way of parenting. Breastfeeding has always been normal for me. I grew up seeing breastfeeding mothers, babies, and toddlers around me all the time, so I knew that I would breastfeed my...

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An American in Rome Mothers' Stories

Rachel Simpson, Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA Spending time with my family as an American in Rome. In Italy and other parts of the world there exists the “transumanza.” This is the Italian term for the traditional twice-yearly migration of sheep and cows from the highlands to the lowlands, and vice versa. The word literally means “crossing the land.” Each year, for 12 years, give or take, my family...

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